In this era of savory coffee, chances are you are not an instant coffee (God forbid) drinker. If you are, I apologize, but you will not be getting the best flavor in your morning java. Serious coffee drinkers select their favorite coffees conscientiously.
Did you know that coffee does have its health benefits? The brew actually helps fight several diseases, for example, diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s, just to name a few?
There are so many ways we can have our coffee. The first is the K-cup, which comes in many flavors. I happen to be a flavored coffee lover. I know it is neither imaginative nor adventurous, but I like it how I like it.
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The quality of the beverage depends upon the bean. There are two kinds of beans, Arabica and Robusta. The Arabica bean is regarded as the best-flavored coffee of the two. Arabica beans grow in Brazil, Columbia, and Africa. These beans are more expensive than other beans because it is difficult to grow them. They happen to be prone to pests. Most people’s favorite coffees come from Arabica beans.
The earliest known Arabica beans originated from the highlands of Ethiopia.
Fun facts: Legend has it that the discovery of coffee as a beverage has three possible origins:
- A Yemen mystic observed that coffee berries had an energetic effect on birds, so he tasted what the beans had to offer. I guess he said “Yum”. Thank you to the caffeine-crazed birds from Ethiopia.
- A ninth-century goat herder brought some beans as a gift to a monk who tossed them into a fire. Ah, the aroma enticed them to drink the stuff. I would have loved to be at that party.
- The disciple of a sheik discovered the beans in a cave after being banished to the desert. See sometimes good things happen to exiled people.
Robusta beans are responsible for the rest of our favorite coffees.
Jamaican Blue Mountain
Jamaica has the highest ground in the Caribbean retaining the best conditions for coffee growing. Its cool and misty climate provides moist, rich soil, great conditions for coffee growing. The coffee made of gourmet Arabica beans provide the mild flavor and lack of bitterness in the drink.
Fun fact: These are the beans responsible for the flavor base of Tia Maria coffee liqueur.
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Derived from Arabica beans, Turkish coffee has a very strong taste and a special method for preparation. You use a small copper pot with a long handle to cultivate the taste. The coffee is mostly taken with sugar and must be served with foam.
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The secret to Columbian coffee is the right bean picked at exactly the right time which is determined by color. Columbian coffee is 100 % Arabica. Depending on the region, the taste spans the following flavor spectrum: chocolate, herbal, nut, fruity, acidic, and citrus.
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Best from the Kona growing area of the Big Island, coffee berries grow throughout Hawaii. Fertile, volcanic soil is the key. Try Hawaiian coffee. Shop now.
Leave it to the Italians to have many coffees appropriate for certain times of day.
Un caffe is how you order espresso in Italy. This is the classic of Italian coffees. Italians drink it any time of day in a tiny little cup.
It is actually very strong, in my opinion. It makes me anxious. Some folks order it with grappa, sambucca, cognac, or a shot of Irish cream added. I’ll bet that shot would make me less anxious. Try espresso. Shop now.
One third espresso, ⅓ steamed milk and ⅓ foam is called cappuccino. It is my absolute favorite, When I was in Palermo and got hopelessly lost, I stopped at a bakery to have a cappuccino and pastry. I was still lost, but I did not mind as much. Try cappuccino. Shop now.
A macchiato is espresso and a tiny bit of hot milk served in an espresso cup. Any time of day is appropriate for this refreshment. This coffee is great with a cookie. Try Macchiato. Shop now.
Marocchino is an Italian delight which combines cocoa and espresso in a glass mug. Combine one shot of espresso, a layer of foam, a sprinkle of cacao powder and you have marocchino coffee.
Caffe d’Orzo is late night coffee treat, 100% naturally caffeine-free. A slice of orange adds flavor and zest to this evening splurge. Try caffe d’Orzo. Shop now.
Best Practices for Coffee Beans
When you have honed in on your favorite bean or blend, you have to store it correctly or its flavor will diminish.
A ceramic air-tight jar in a cool, dry place is a good place for storage. The taste will suffer with too much heat or light.
You should not buy in bulk because freshness reigns supreme.
After roasting, coffee beans need to rest for just a few days, then go for it.
Check the coffee’s roast date. Two weeks prior is the maximum; one week is preferable.
Do not purchase coffee beans that appear oily. This means they roasted too long and will have a bitter, burnt flavor.
Do not grind the beans in advance. Wait until directly before brewing.
I love the flavor of coffee. I am not a sophisticated consumer, but experimenting would be fun. Experts recommend purchasing the bean rather than the ground.
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However you like it, enjoy!
The recipe for this week goes very well with your choice of brew. Chocolate bundt cake. Get Recipe.
This video shows how to make an interesting coffee drink that looks yummy.